Dr. Karen Ayas is a founding partner of Ripples. She is a management consultant, educator, coach and author with deep expertise in large-scale transformation and leadership development.
Her consulting work is mainly focused on coaching and supporting top leaders (CEO/GM) through major business transformations, growth strategies, cultural change, top team building, and leadership capacity development. Her clients include leaders in large multinationals who are looking to grow and change all or part of the company, as well as at mid-size companies who are in need of a turnaround or striving to sustain the culture while managing rapid growth.
Dr. Ayas serves as a true partner to top leaders in the transformation journey, helping to clarify the direction as well as to build the capacity in the organization to get it done. In some cases this is all about defining a shared vision, engaging in strategic discovery, and building a roadmap for execution. In others, it is working on organizational change and cultural transformation that can enable the growth of the business and execution of the strategy. In yet others, it is simply focused on executive coaching and leadership development to help executives reach their outmost potential.
Dr. Ayas has a deep passion for education and teaching. For the past 15 years, she has been a Professor of Management Practice at Babson College School of Executive Education training over a thousand leaders.
Dr. Ayas earned her BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering at the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology, and her doctorate in management of innovation at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She is s fluent in English, French, Dutch, Hebrew and Turkish.
Atilla Habip is a founding partner of Ripples and heads the strategy consulting practice, specializing in growth strategy in healthcare and high tech. He brings together substantial strategy consulting and hands-on leadership experience. Mr. Habip started his consulting career at Bain & Company, serving clients in the US and Europe for seven years. Those clients included major high-tech companies, multi-nationals in consumer goods, and life sciences and health care companies.
Mr. Habip served as CEO for CitizensHealth, a start-up launched by Citizens Energy Corporation and its Chairman, former Congressman Joe Kennedy. Earlier in his career, Mr. Habip held several engineering and management positions with International Paper where, in his last position, he was Plant Manager for the Framingham packaging facility.
Mr. Habip earned his M.B.A. in Finance & International Business and BS in Industrial Engineering at Columbia University.
Mete Habip focuses on financial and operational performance improvement. Trained as a Food Engineer, Mete started his career as a food technology consultant at The International Food Network and then joined Pepsi-Cola as Field Engineer. At Pepsi, he led the commercialization of several new products. In addition, Mete worked as management consultant with Marakon Associates, an international consulting firm, where he focused on growth strategies in the consumer goods and consumer finance industries. He held several positions at MedAssets, Inc., a health care IT company, including leading a software division, and played a key role in the company's successful IPO. Prior to joining the Ripples Group, Mete was Vice President of Corporate Performance at MedAssets.
Mete holds a B.S. in Food Science, an M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Thomas Innis focuses on performance improvement and operations management, serving public and private sector clients across multiple industries. Mr. Innis leads Ripples’ technology practice, supporting clients from initial vision and planning through implementation.
Before joining Ripples, Mr. Innis served as a manager for ProVentive Inc., a Boston-based business advisory and health technology company, and as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting, LLP in its Strategy and Operations Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Innis worked as an analyst and consultant for State Street Bank and for Interactive Data Corporation.
Mr. Innis earned his MBA and MS in Health Care Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and his BS in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Jerome F. Meier concentrates in the areas of growth strategy and business development, M&A, and operational improvement. Mr. Meier was Vice President, Group Strategy and Business Development at Pratt & Whitney, an $11B division of United Technologies Corp., responsible for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures, and strategic planning.
Mr. Meier began his career as a Process Development Engineer with DuPont, spent four years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he led strategy and reengineering projects principally in financial services and consumer and industrial products, and was co-founder and CEO of Rentmaker, Inc.
He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering from MIT.
Philip H. Mirvis, Ph.D. is an organizational psychologist and author whose consulting practice concerns large-scale organizational change, mergers and acquisitions, social innovations, community building, and assessments of work life and company cultures.
Dr. Mirvis has designed and led action learning programs for senior managers at diverse organizations, including Ford Motor Co., Intel, Shell Oil, and Banker’s Trust. He has also worked extensively with government agencies and NGOs.
Dr. Mirvis has a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.